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Cheminformatics. Noel M. O’Boyle. Apr 2010 Postgrad course on Comp Chem. Cheminformatics. Hard to define in words: David Wild: “The field that studies all aspects of the representation and use of chemical and related biological information on computers”

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Noel M. O’Boyle

Apr 2010

Postgrad course on Comp Chem

  • Hard to define in words:
    • David Wild: “The field that studies all aspects of the representation and use of chemical and related biological information on computers”
    • Design, creation, organization, management, retrieval, analysis, dissemination, visualization and use of chemical information
  • Hard to agree on spelling:
    • Sometimes chemoinformatics
  • More easily thought of as encompassing a range of concepts and techniques
    • Molecular similarity
    • Quantitative-structure activity relationships (QSAR)
    • Substructure search
    • (Automated) Molecular depiction
    • Encoding/decoding of molecular structures
    • 3D structure generation from a 2D or 0D structure
    • Conformer generation
    • Algorithms: ring perception, aromaticity, isomers
  • Cheminformatics, Johann Gasteiger and Thomas Engel (Eds)
  • Molecular modelling – Principles and Applications, A. R. Leach
  • I571 Chemical Information Technology, David Wild, University of Indiana,
  • An introduction to cheminformatics, A. R. Leach, V. J. Gillet
molecular representation
Molecular representation

Mike Hann (GSK): “Cecin'est pas une molecule serves to remind us that all of the graphics images presented here are not molecules, not even pictures of molecules, but pictures of icons which we believe represent some aspects of the molecule's properties.”

computer representations of molecules
Computer representations of molecules
  • How can a molecular structure be stored on a computer?
    • Common names: aspirin
    • IUPAC name: 2-acetoxybenzoic acid
    • Formula: C9H8O4
    • As an image (PNG, GIF, etc.)
    • CAS number: 50-78-2
    • File format: ChemDraw file, MOL file, etc.
    • SMILES string: O=C(Oc1ccccc1C(=O)O)C
    • Binary Fingerprint: 10000100000001100000100100000001
  • How should it be stored?
    • ...if I want to find all molecules in a database of 100K molecules that have a benzene ring?
    • ...if I want a unique identifier?
computer representations of molecules6
Computer representations of molecules
  • The structure of a molecule can be represented by a graph
    • Graph = collection of nodes and edges, nodes and edges have properties (atomic number, bond order)
  • Represent the molecular graph somehow
    • Connection table (which nodes are connected to which other nodes)
    • Line notation (e.g. SMILES)
chemical file formats
Chemical file formats
  • A large number of file formats have been developed
  • However there are certain de-facto standards
    • MOL file for small-molecule structures
    • PDB files for protein structures from crystallography
    • MOL2 files for protein structures from modelling software (e.g. after manipulation of the PDB file)
a chemical file format mol file
A chemical file format: MOL file
  • This file format can represent 0D, 2D information (a depiction) as well as 3D
smiles format
SMILES format
  • Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry System
    • Weininger, J ChemInfComputSci, 1988, 28, 31
    • More recently, a community developed description:
    • Linear format (“line notation”) that describes the connection table and stereochemistry of a molecule (i.e. 0D)
    • Convenient to enter as a query on-line, store in a database, pass by email, etc.
  • Examples:
    • CC represents CH3CH3 (ethane)
    • CC(=O)O represents CH3COOH (acetic acid)
  • Basic guidelines:
    • Hydrogens are implicit
    • Parentheses indicate branches
    • Each atom is connected to the preceding atom to its left (excluding branches in-between)
    • Single bonds are implicit, = for double, # for triple
  • What is C(C)(C)(C)C?
smiles format ii
SMILES format II
  • To represent rings, you need to break a ring bond and replace it by a ring opening symbol and a corresponding ring closure symbol








  • To representdouble bond stereochemistry you use / and \
    • Cl/C=C/Br (trans), Cl/C=C\Br (cis)
  • To represent tetrahedral stereochemistryyou use @ or @@
    • Br[[email protected]](Cl)(I)F means that looking from the Br, the Cl, I, and F are arranged anticlockwise
  • To represent aromaticity, use lower case
    • C1CCCCC1 (cyclohexane)
    • c1ccccc1 (benzene)
canonical smiles
Canonical SMILES
  • In general, many different SMILES strings can be written for the same molecule
    • Not a unique identifier (one-to-many)
  • Algorithms for producing “canonical SMILES” have been developed
    • The same unique SMILES string is always created for a particular molecule
    • One-to-one relationship between structure and representation
    • Note however, that different software implement different canonicalisation algorithms
  • Can be used to remove duplicate molecules from a database
    • Generate the canonical SMILES for each molecule and ensure that they are unique
  • International Chemical Identifier
    • Line notation developed by NIST and IUPAC
    • Goal: An index for uniquely identifying a molecule
  • Aspirin: InChI=1/C9H8O4/c1-6(10)13-8-5-3-2-4-7(8)9(11)12/h2-5H,1H3,(H,11,12)/f/h11H
  • Features
    • Derived from the structure (unlike CAS number)
    • One-to-one relationship between InChI and structure
    • Layers (of specificity)
      • Can distinguish between stereoisomers, isotopes, or can leave out those layers
    • Different tautomeric forms give rise to the same InChI (unlike SMILES)
  • Notes
    • Not human readable or writeable
    • All implementations use the same (open source) code which is provided by the InChI Trust
      • “The Trust's goal is to enable the interlinking and combining of chemical, biological and related information, using unique machine-readable chemical structure representations to facilitate and expedite new scientific discoveries.”
  • See and Google “unofficial inchifaq”
us generic legislation
US Generic Legislation

Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act, 1970

Controlled Substances Act, 1970

Federal Analog Act, 1986

The term “controlled substance analog” means a substance

The chemical structure of which is substantially similar to the chemical structure of a controlled substance in schedule I or II

Slide courtesy Dr. J.J. Keating

molecular similarity
Molecular similarity
  • Similarity principle:
    • Structurally similar molecules tend to have similar properties
      • Properties: biological activity, solubility, color and so on
  • If we can measure similarity somehow
    • Can construct a distance matrix
      • Distance = inverse of similarity
      • Such matrices can be used to cluster compounds, to create a 2D depiction showing the spread of molecular structures in a dataset, to select a diverse subset
    • Can use to find molecules in a database similar to a particular query
      • Can find unknown molecules with a similar property
    • Can use to see whether a particular property is correlated with molecular similarity
  • ...But how to measure similarity?
    • One way is using molecular fingerprints
molecular fingerprints
Molecular fingerprints
  • A molecular fingerprint is an encoding of the molecular structure onto a (long) binary string
    • 100100010000001011000000000001...
  • Types: path-based fingerprint, key-based fingerprint
  • Path-based fingerprints (e.g. Daylight fingerprint)
    • Break the molecule up into all possible fragments of length 1, 2, 3...7
    • Create a string representing each fragment
    • Hash each string onto a number between 1 and 1024 (for example)
      • Wikipedia: “A hash function is any well-defined procedure or mathematical function that converts a large, possibly variable-sized amount of data into a small datum, usually a single integer that may serve as an index to an array”
    • Set the corresponding bit of the fingerprint to 1 (all others will be 0)
  • Key-based fingerprint s(e.g. MACCS keys)
    • A (long) list of pre-generated questions about a chemical structure
      • “Are there fewer than 3 oxygens?”
      • “Is there an S-S bond?”
      • “Is there a ring of size 4?”
    • Each answer, true or false, corresponds to a 1 or 0 in the binary fingerprint
similarity of molecular fingerprints
Similarity of molecular fingerprints
  • Molecules with the same bits set will be more similar than molecules with different bits set
  • To quantify this, we can use the Tanimoto coefficient
    • Similarity = Intersection/Union
    • Bounded by 0 and 1 (no similarity to perfect similarity)
  • A value of greater than 0.7 or 0.8 indicates structural similarity
    • Used as a cutoff value
  • How similar are aspirin (A) and salicylic acid (B)?
  • Using a path-based fingerprint,64 bits are set for A, 38 for B
    • Intersection is 38 (Note: B is a substructure of A)
    • Union is 64
    • Similarity = 0.59
similarity of atom environments
Similarity of atom environments
  • Fingerprints can also be used to measure similarity of atom environments
  • Circular fingerprints (HOSE codes)
    • Bremser, W., HOSE – a novel substructure code. Anal. Chim. Acta1978, 103, 355.
    • Describe atom environment in terms of atom types at various bond distances from a particular atom
  • Can be used for proton NMR prediction
    • Hydrogens attached to similar atoms tend to have similar NMR shifts
    • Given a database of molecules with assigned NMR spectra, try to find Hs in the same environment up to as many levels as possible and use their NMR shifts to predict the shift for your proton
  • The same database can be used for structure identification
    • Given a proton NMR spectrum, what chemical structures are consistent with the NMR
  • NMRShiftDB(
    • Freely available Open database of NMR spectra – add your own spectra (with assigned peaks) – predict assignments
    • Tutorial: